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act Fort Advocaten

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 2

act Fort Advocaten advises on a range of matters relating to the retail industry, including franchising, insolvency, restructuring and real estate. It also handles M&A, corporate and employment law issues, as well as dispute resolution. Katinka Verdurmen acts for real estate developers, investors, franchisors and retailers, notably in commercial litigation and real estate work. She co-heads the team with Dirk van den Berg  and Jodit de Bruin.

Practice head(s):

Katinka Verdurmen; Dirk van den Berg; Jodit de Bruin


‘Katinka Verdurmen has assisted us with all aspects relating to real estate primarily negotiations of lease agreements and discussions with landlords. During the last two years, Katinka has played a huge role in our COVID-19 crisis management. She has her client top of mind and combines her excellent legal skills with her commercial point of view to the benefit of her client.’

Key clients

Association of franchisees of Albert Heijn

Sports Unlimited B.V.

Nespresso Nederlands B.V.

Mirage Retail Group B.V.

Yves Rocher B.V.

Associaton of franchisees of McDonalds

Ball Wholesale ApS

Oogwereld B.V.

Xenos B.V.

JD Sports Fashion B.V.

Hendriks Brandstoffen B.V.

Sports Unlimited Fashion B.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented the franchisees of Albert Heijn in a complex matter on financial settlements against franchisor Albert Heijn.
  • Advising Mirage Retail Group a.o. on the discussions with the associations of franchisees of both Blokker and Intertoys and on various rental, real estate and franchise law related matters.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

act Fort Advocaten acts for range of domestic and international clients, handling civil litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and often handles cases before the Enterprise Chamber of the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam. Berth Brouwer is the key practitioner and is recommended for corporate and commercial disputes in the food and beverage, real estate, IT, retail and automotive sectors.

Practice head(s):

Berth Brouwer


‘Berth Brouwer has considerable experience in dispute resolution’.

‘Berth Brouwer is able to establish very quickly the legal issues of a dispute while at the same moment judging the possibilities for solving issues in a practical way’.

‘Clients feel comfortable with the careful attitude of Berth Brouwer and team’.

‘Berth Brouwer has visible experience and is a very friendly person; consequently you feel comfortable as a client’.

‘Practical advice, very responsive, fast service and very approachable’.

‘Berth Brouwer is very competent and a very nice guy’.

Key clients

Amrâth Hotels

Stadion Arnhem (Nedstede Holding)

Stichting Ymere

JD Sports Fashion B.V.

Hein Schilder Groep B.V.


Torn B.V.

Go-Tan Beheer B.V.

Ludershof B.V.

Gein B.V.

Royaums B.V.

Libra International B.V.

Marggraff Stichting

M&M Hoofd Holding B.V.

Ribeco B.V.

Uitgeverij Ars Scribendi B.V.

DDH Holding B.V.

Metroprop B.V.

Sports Unlimited Retail B.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented the franchisees of Albert Heijn in a complex and long-running matter on financial settlements against franchisor Albert Heijn.
  • Advising hotel chain Amrâth Hotels & Restaurants in a dispute with pension fund ROV around the construction of a high profile tower building in the centre of the city of Utrecht.
  • Represented Nedstede on a dispute between premier division soccer club Vitesse and Stadion Arnhem over Vitesse’s attempt to avoid rental repayments and with regards to a claim to terminate the lease of the stadium.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 5

act Fort Advocaten handles both contentious and non-contentious real estate matters, regarding both residential and commercial properties. It advises clients in the retail, hotel and leisure sectors on transactional work, disputes and litigation, and franchise-related issues. The team is headed up by Pieter Twaalfhoven , Jodit de Bruin , Katinka Verdurmen  and Dirk van den Berg .

Other key lawyers:


‘Top, professional team with the client’s interests at the centre’.

‘Katinka Verdurmen has had a huge impact on our business in the Netherlands’.

‘Katinka Verdurmen has played a huge role in our Covid-19 crisis management’.

‘Katinka Verdurmen has her client at the top of her mind and combines her excellent legal skills with her commercial point of view to the benefit of her client’.

‘We will at any time recommend Katinka Verdurmen to other international businesses who want to do business in Holland’.

‘Katinka Verdurmen speaks and writes English fluently and is skilled with IT’.

Key clients

Nedstede Holding B.V.

Amrath Hotels & Restaurants B.V.

Mirage Retail Group B.V.

Metroprop B.V.

Exeter Proptery Group B.V.

JD Sports Fashion B.V. / Sports Unlimited Retail B.V.

Manhave Investment B.V.

Corendon Hotels & Resorts B.V.

Wisdom Holding Netherlands B.V.

Jump XL Holding B.V.

Action Nederland B.V.

CASA 23 B.V.

Biesterbos Groep B.V.

ARC Real Estate Partners B.V.

Xenos B.V.

Corpus Sireo Real Estate GmbH

PB Capital

Propertize B.V.

Spring Real Estate

Hein Schilder Groep B.V.

Nespresso Nederland B.V.

GF Deko B.V.

Libra International

Equity Estate Group

Work highlights

  • Represting Nedstede Holding B.V. in a dispute between Vitesse and Stadion Arnhem over Vitesse’s attempt to avoid or reduce rental repayments and with regards to a claim to terminate the lease of the stadium.
  • Advising Mirage Retail Group on discussions with the associations of franchisees of both Blokker and Intertoys and on various rental, real estate and franchise law-related matters.
  • Advising Amrâth Hotels & Restaurants B.V. in relation to a dispute around the construction of a high-profile tower building in the centre of the city of Utrecht.

The firm: act Fort Advocaten (“act FORT”) is a law firm located in Amsterdam, specialised in real estate law and corporate law and all related legal areas with a leading position in the retail, real estate and hotels and leisure industries.

Our 30+ expert lawyers (of which ten are partners) advise on a wide range of legal issues, ranging from rental matters, real estate transactions and acquisitions to corporate disputes, employment and franchise related matters and restructuring.

We work for (international) corporate companies, mid-sized enterprises, governments, investors and regularly act as official receiver for the Amsterdam Court. We do so with dedication, spirit and expertise.

act FORT was ranked as leading firm in the The Legal 500 EMEA edition in the section industry focus “Retail” in 2018-2022, in the category Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation in 2019-2022 and in Real Estate in 2020-2022.

How we work: Our lawyers are highly specialised in their jurisdiction and always keep abreast of recent developments and follow specialist training courses in their field of law.

The lawyers in our various practice groups work together closely in multidisciplinary teams. By pooling our knowledge and being alert to our clients’ needs, we are able to achieve the best results.

Our clients are our key focus. Every client has a dedicated contact at partner level. act FORT values creativity and seeks ways to build solutions, providing top quality service at reasonable rates. We accomplish more by working together and favour short lines of communication, fully focused on our client’s case.

European alliance act legal: act FORT is part of act legal, a growing European alliance of 9 independent, mid-market law firms that operate at the top-end of the market.

The alliance offers international companies operating in the European market high-quality advice, at local and international level. This way act legal also forms, especially for American and Asian companies, an efficient one-stop solution for excellent legal support in Europe.

act legal represents a team of more than 300 first-class corporate and commercial lawyers, tax consultants and business experts to service demanding corporate clientele. We offer the market the best of all legal consultancy worlds, by combining top partner-led, local law firms with international professionalism.

act legal stands for high quality, fair pricing, efficient bespoke processes, strong partner involvement and a personal approach, all of which make it an attractive alternative to major international law firms.

act FORT is also a member of Abacus Worldwide, a global association of independent accounting and law firms.

Real estate Pieter,5111
Real estate Jodit de,5111
Environmental law Sascha,5111
Employment Elias van,5111
Dispute resolution: Corporate & Commercial litigation Berth,5111
Commercial, corporate and M&A Terry,5111
Restructuring and insolvency Derk van,5111
Franchise, Real estate Katinka,5111
Franchise, Real estate Dirk van den,5111
Real estate Mirre,5111
Eva Bokslag photoMrs Eva BokslagAssociate
Berth Brouwer photoMr Berth BrouwerPartner
Sylvain Caris photoMr Sylvain CarisAssociate
Chantal Hageman photoMrs Chantal HagemanAssociate
Eleonore Harinck photoMrs Eleonore HarinckAssociate
Irene Hofhuis photoMrs Irene HofhuisSenior Associate
Asmara Kalter photoMrs Asmara KalterSenior Associate
Iris Mutis photoMrs Iris MutisAssociate
Albert Jan Nederhoed photoMr Albert Jan NederhoedSenior Associate
Rein Pleiter photoMr Rein PleiterAssociate
Fabian Raven photo Fabian RavenFabian Raven specialises in real estate law and in particular in the…
Frédérique Sarneel photoMrs Frédérique SarneelAssociate
Helma Sengers photoMrs Helma SengersSenior Associate
Muriëlle Spithoven photo Muriëlle SpithovenMuriëlle Spithoven is specialised in all aspects of employment law. She advises…
Sascha Stavenuiter photoMrs Sascha StavenuiterAssociate partner
Terry Steffens photoMr Terry SteffensManaging Partner
Pieter Twaalfhoven photoMr Pieter TwaalfhovenPartner
Katinka Verdurmen photoMrs Katinka VerdurmenManaging Partner
Florentijn Verhagen photoMr Florentijn VerhagenAssociate
Ruud Vermeer photoMr Ruud VermeerAssociate
Mirre Vermeer photoMrs Mirre VermeerPartner
Sander Visser photoMr Sander VisserAssociate
Thomas Welschen photoMr Thomas WelschenSenior Associate
Jodit de Bruin photoMrs Jodit de BruinPartner
Jelle de Vries photoMr Jelle de VriesAssociate
Ruben den Boogert photo Ruben den BoogertRuben den Boogert is associate within the real estate section of act…
Simone ten Wolde photoMrs Simone ten WoldeAssociate
Derk van Geel photoMr Derk van GeelDerk van Geel specialises in insolvency law. His areas of expertise include…
Lauran van Hoof photoMr Lauran van HoofAssociate
Elias van Kampen photoMr Elias van KampenPartner
Lize van de Werken photoMrs Lize van de WerkenAssociate
Dirk van den Berg photoMr Dirk van den BergPartner
Floor van den Berg photoMrs Floor van den BergFloor van den Berg is associate within the corporate & commercial litigation…
Number of lawyers : 33
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